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Writing

WR 115 College Writing I (4)
A writing course introducing a variety of writing strategies and emphasizing critical reading and thinking. This course helps students prepare for LACC writing requirement, WR 135.

 

WR 135 College Writing II (4)
An intensive writing course focusing on critical analysis, argumentation and documentation. This course meets the LACC writing requirement if passed with a grade of C- or better. Note: students must complete WR 135 (or its transfer equivalent) before enrolling in upper-division writing intensive courses.

 

WR 222 Writing for the Sciences (4)
Combines instruction in writing on issues in the sciences with strategies for researching scientific material. Focus is placed on finding, evaluating, and utilizing library and electronic resources along with developing strategies for understanding, analyzing, and making scientific arguments. Students will also become familiar with documentation styles used in science writing. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 223 TEMPORARY - PENDING PERMANENT APPROVAL.
Combines instruction in research skills with the production of essays utilizing research, including traditional library research, internet research, documentation styles, and forms of researched writing. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent.

 

WR 230 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition Studies (4)
A broad introduction to the field of rhetoric and composition, with emphasis on its historical, theoretical, and practical development. Writing majors and minors should take this course before enrolling in upper-division writing courses. Prerequisites: WR 135

 

WR 321 Business Writing (4)
Instruction and practice in writing business reports, memos, and letters. Particularly appropriate for students in business and related areas. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 322 Technical Writing (4)
Instruction and practice in writing technical reports, proposals, and other technical writing forms. Particularly appropriate for students in health, science, and technical fields. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent.

 

WR 323 Intermediate Exposition (4)
Intermediate expository writing. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 350 News Writing (4)
Course introduces students to the basics of news reporting; developing, researching, and writing news stories. The course will also cover interviewing skills, research techniques, and different news writing styles, as well as a discussion on libel law and journalistic ethics. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 360 Fiction Workshop (4)
First course in fiction writing, emphasizing technique and critical appreciation of fiction writing. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 361 Poetry Workshop (4)
First course in poetry writing, emphasizing technique and critical appreciation of poetry writing. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 362 Topics in Creative Writing (4)
First course in techniques of creative writing in areas other than fiction or poetry. Specific focus will be identified each time course is offered. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 399 Special Studies (4)

 

WR 406 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Individual or special studies in a limited area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

WR 409 Internship (1-8)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

WR 412/512 Writing Center Internship (1-6)
Supervised practical experience as a Writing Center consultant, diagnosing student texts and suggesting techniques for students’ writing skills improvement. Prerequisite: WR 135, WR 440, additional 400-level writing course, recommendation of WR 440 instructor

 

WR 414 Advanced Composition (4)
Advanced instruction and practice in the principles of writing. May be taken twice. Prerequisite: 300-level writing course or consent of instructor

 

WR 430 Historical Issues in Composition (4)
A historical survey of rhetoric and composition theories, focusing on the development of instructional styles relevant to different periods. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135 or consent of instructor

 

WR 440/540 Teaching of Writing (4)
Course dealing with current theories and practices in teaching writing in English Language Arts and other subject areas in the public school. Prerequisite: WR 135 and LING 315 or consent of instructor

 

WR 450 Writing for Publication (4)
A survey of methods of publication and of markets for various kinds of writing. Theory and practice in manuscript preparation, manuscript form, proofreading, and copyright application. Submission of actual manuscript for publication.

 

WR 460 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4)
Advanced study of fiction-writing techniques. May be repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 360 or consent of instructor

 

WR 461 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4)
Advanced study of poetry writing technique. May be repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 361 or consent of instructor

 

WR 496/596 Special Topics in Writing (4)
An exploration of selected writing topics, as identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: one upper-division writing class or consent of instructor

 

WR 606 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Individual or special writing instruction in a specific form of writing under the guidance of a designated faculty member.

 

WR 610 Forms of Expository Prose (3)
Intensive study and practice in analyzing and writing expository prose. Recommended for secondary teachers.

 

WR 642 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
Introduces students to the theories and techniques in teaching writing, and teaching via writing, relevant to content knowledge courses.

 

 

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